President’s Message

Posted on

THB_9170March 2017

Your organization has been at work advocating for pension security, health care and reduction in state tax for teacher pensions. In 2016, our success in lobbying for a state tax exemption of 25% saved retirees hundreds of dollars- over a thousand in many cases! Through the efforts of ARTC, we have a voice at the Capitol and have been invited to the Governor’s office and the Finance Committee office to discuss our issues.

Recently, we lost Bob Lewandowski, President of the Bristol Are Retired Teachers Association, and Legislative Committee member John Kane of Stamford. Both Bob and John were long-standing members of ARTC who contributed greatly to our success. They will be sorely missed.

I would like to acknowledge the time and effort made by our standing committees: The Legislative Committee Co-chairs, Cathy D’Agostino and Sandra Bove, have done an outstanding job in every area advocating on both the state and federal levels. The Insurance Committee under Rick Follman keeps us up-to-date on all matters concerning medical insurance. The Program/Membership Co-chairs Patty McDonnell and Barbara Kmetz do an amazing job of maintaining and increasing membership, assisting with Meet and Greet, Lobby Day and our Fall and Spring Luncheons. The Committee for Lobby Day is chaired by Neil Foster who has been organizing this event for several years. He has done a fantastic job handling the numerous details involved. Finally, I would like to recognize Judy Morganroth of the Scholarship Committee, Barbara Kmetz and Marilyn Feranec, our secretaries and our Executive Director, Mary Gracyalny, who does a fine job running the daily operations of ARTC.

Please remember that additionally, all of the committee members volunteer countless hours of their time on your behalf. We owe them a great deal of gratitude!

Thanks to all of you who support ARTC by becoming members and continuing your membership. Please make every effort to encourage your fellow retired teachers to join ARTC. Put Lobby Day and the luncheons on your calendar. Our increasing numbers provide us a much needed voice.

Yours in Service,

Ed Messina, President
Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut